An engaging and relatable novel for the digital age that perfectly captures the complicated interaction between what goes on in our real lives and what we say online.
Internet sensation Madison Nakama has it all! Her pop-culture rewatch site has a massive following, and fans across the world wait on her every post and tweet. And now Laurent, a fellow geek (and unfairly HOT French exchange student!), has started flirting with her in the comments section of her blog. But Laurent’s not the only one watching for Madi’s replies…
Internet fame has a price, and their online romance sparks the unwanted attention of a troll. When Madi’s “real life” hits a rough patch, she feels her whole world crumbling. With Laurent’s support, can Madi rally her friends across the globe to beat the troll, or will he succeed in driving her away from everythingand everyoneshe loves?
Internet Famous is a fresh, contemporary young adult romance for the iGeneration from Danika Stone, author of All the Feels.
Praise for Internet Famous:
"An enjoyable, fast-paced read to which teens will relate because of the social media–influenced format."School Library Journal
"There is much to enjoy here.... partially told through blog posts, texts, and Snapchats. There are issues of first love, cyberbulling, and parental problems." VOYA
About the Author
Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her master's thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (Edge of Wilde, the Intaglio series, and Ctrl Z) and teens (All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
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By Danika Stone
Feiwel and FriendsCopyright © 2017 Danika Ston
All rights reserved.
"Chaos is what killed the dinosaurs, darling."
(Heathers, 1988) The message arrived as Madison Nakama slid into the passenger seat of her mother's sedan. She pulled the phone from her pocket with one hand and tugged the seat belt across her lap with the other.
NEW Message, *anonymous*: 3:59 p.m. EST
Subject: I Love, LOVE, LOOOOOOOOOOOVE YOUR BLOG!
Madi grinned. Fanmail was the very best kind of email! The messages had been coming in more frequently the last few weeks, sometimes two or three a day and many more after a rewatch. Each note of happiness she received gave Madi a thrill of excitement. People loved what she blogged!
The voice of Madi's sister, Sarah, echoed from the backseat. "What're you reading, Madi?"
Madi hit OPEN, waiting as the message loaded on her phone. "Just a message."
"Is it Aunt Lisa again?" Sarah asked. "She texted Dad seven times today. Mom told Dad to turn off his phone since he was at home, and Dad said he was waiting for a message from his editor. But then Mom said the editor could e-mail and Aunt Lisa was interrupting their personal time, but he told Mom that she was his little sister, and if she wanted to talk, he'd talk. So is" — her sister took a quick breath — "this Aunt Lisa again?"
"Not Lisa," Madi said absently. "Someone else."
"Is it about your blog?"
Madi glanced toward the front door of the house, but their mother had yet to arrive. Madi still had time. "Uhhuh," she mumbled.
I've never written to anyone famous before, so I hope this is okay! I recently joined the MadLibbers, and I had to tell you how much I ABSOLUTELY LOVE your blog! I'd heard about your rewatches once or twice, but hadn't checked them out before this month. When a fandom friend of mine told me you'd started a rewatch of the SV series, I decided to pop by. I am SO GLAD that I did! I've never laughed so hard at —
"So who is the message from?" Sarah asked, interrupting the flow of Madi's thoughts. She groaned, scanning to find her place again.
— the inside jokes and all those fandom FEELS. I honestly just wanted to call you up and say: "IKR???!!!" You totally GET it! And I know you were never a SV fangirl before you started the rewatch, but if you ever —
"Madi!" Sarah shouted. "Who's the message from?!" Madi jerked. "I don't know who," she said. "It was sent anonymously."
"But why would someone send you an anonymous email?"
"Because they don't want me to know who they are."
"Why would they e-mail you at all, if they didn't want you to know that? Why send anything? They could just not e-mail and then you'd never know anything about them. It doesn't make sense."
Madi glanced over the back of the seat to find her younger sister watching. Sarah was small for fifteen years old, but the severity of her expression made her seem older.
"I'll explain the whole anon thing later, okay?" Madi said. "I just need a minute to finish."
"I want to reply to this message before we go to the park."
"Please, Sarah. Just a minute."
Her sister crossed her arms and looked out the window. "Fine," she sighed.
Madi hit REPLY, her thumbs blurring over the screen as she typed.
Reply to Message from *anonymous*: 4:03 p.m. EST
Subject: RE: I Love, LOVE, LOOOOOOOOOOOVE YOUR BLOG!
I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog! Don't feel you have to hide. Feel free to jump into the liveblog on Twitter when we start Starveil V: Ghosts of the Rebellion. That rewatch starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST. Just search up the MadLibs tag and —
Before Madi could finish, the door to the house opened and Madi's mother appeared. She took a step outside then turned back around, pausing half in and half out of the doorway. Madi figured her father must have called out to her to do some last-second errand. (Her father was always doing that.) With Olympic-level thumb-typing abilities, Madi sped through the last bit of her message.
— join in! I'd love to see you there.
Thanks for the fanmail. Got to go!
With a grin, she hit SEND. The door to the car opened with a screech and Madi looked up to see her mother, white-faced, as she slid behind the wheel.
Madi's smile faltered. "Everything okay, Mom? You look —"
"Everything's fine," she said, then pulled the car onto the street without another word.
Madi glanced into the backseat, hoping to catch Sarah's eyes, but her sister was engrossed in something on her phone. After a moment, Madi turned back around. She slid her phone back in her pocket and frowned, the fleeting joy from her fanmail already gone.
* * *
Madi stared at her mother, the seconds ticking by.
"You're kidding, right?"
Around them, the May afternoon continued on like nothing had happened. The spring air hummed with the rumble of lawn mowers and motor vehicles. Children laughed on the playground. A bee buzzed. Madi was oblivious to all of it. Her chest ached like the time she'd fallen off the top of the monkey bars and her body had forgotten how to breathe. This time she'd been pushed by her mother.
"Mom," Madi pleaded, "please tell me this is a joke."
"No joke. I'm leaving."
Madi's eyes darted to the playground and the brick-fronted buildings behind it, seeking out her sister. Spring had arrived in Millburn, New Jersey. Around the park, crab-apple trees hung heavy with pink blossoms, the blue sky dotted with perfect silver clouds. Her fingers clenched, clawlike, around the cell phone in her hand. This is so bad! So freaking bad!
"It's been in the works for a while," her mother said, the nervous tapping of her foot the only hint of her emotions, "but I got the confirmation yesterday."
"I'm ..." Her mother shifted uneasily on the bench.
"I'm leaving at the end of the week."
Madi jerked. "As in this week?!"
"Oxford has an undergrad summer course they'd like me to coteach. It starts June first. I want to have the paperwork done and be settled in the apartment before —"
"You've got to be kidding me!" Madi's shock rolled into sudden anger. "This is like some — some kind of awful joke."
Her mother gave a long-suffering sigh. "For goodness' sake, Madison, you're a senior in high school, not a child, so please start acting like one."
"But you're running away."
"No one's running anywhere."
"Driving. Flying. Whatever!"
Madi glared at children laughing on the equipment. Over on the swing set, her sister, Sarah — looking younger than her age would suggest — swung back and forth. Her lips were pursed in focus, eyes half closed. The swing's chains screeched in time to her motion. Watching her, Madi had the unsettling realization that while the pin had been pulled, the grenade had yet to go off.
But when it did ...
"Look, it just sort of happened." Julia Nakama's voice was barely audible above the happy din of children. "And while I know this must be hard for you —"
"You know nothing about how hard it is."
"I know what it must seem like," her mother said, undeterred. "But my fellowship was only approved by the committee yesterday. As soon as your father and I talked about the move, I —"
"Dad knew about this?!"
Squeak ... squeak ...
Her mother leaned closer. "I understand you're upset, but please lower your voice or —"
"Or what? You'll leave?"
Squeak ... squeak ...
Madi stared at her sister, willing her angry tears to disappear. This couldn't be happening to them. Not now! Not when Sarah was finally settled into a good routine.
"I know this is hard to hear," her mother said. "But opportunities like this don't come along every day. When you're older and you're building your own career, you'll understand." Squeak ... squeak ..."Madi, are you even listening to me?"
"Listening to what? You're leaving." Her eyes narrowed. "Again."
Her mother's concern faded into frosty annoyance.
"Calm down. People are staring at us."
Squeak ... squeak ...
"Calm down? How am I supposed to 'calm down' when you're taking off?!" Madi's voice grew shrill and she stumbled to her feet. A nearby mother turned in surprise. "You said you wouldn't do that. You promised us — you promised Sarah! And now you're doing it all over again."
"Madison, please!" Her mother's fingers clamped around her wrist and she tugged her back down to the park bench. She smiled apologetically at the onlookers, shrugging as if to say: Sorry about this. My teen's just being a teen. You know how it is. Madi could almost hear the laughter.
Squeak ... The repetitive pattern slowed, and Madi caught her sister's eyes across the playground. Squeak ... Sarah frowned. Squeak ... Madi looked away.
"You need to keep your voice down."
Madi jerked her hand back and crossed her arms. "Yeah, well, you need to keep your promises."
"You'll understand when you're older. Families and careers are never easy to balance. ..." Her mother's voice faltered. "Especially with our challenges. But I can't keep putting this off. Teaching at Oxford is an opportunity I'll never get again." She stood from the bench, brushing invisible crumbs from her slacks. "Now get your sister. We need to leave."
Madi grabbed her pack and stood. "Why don't you get her yourself since you're so certain about everything?"
A nearby woman gasped and Julia's face drained of color. She stepped in front of Madi, blocking her from onlookers. "We'll talk later. Go get Sarah."
Madi lifted her chin. "No."
Her mother let out a hissing breath as her fingers snaked around her daughter's wrist. "Now I don't know what you think you're playing at, Madison, but you will go get your sister or —"
"Why is Mom hurting your arm, Madi?"
Julia released her daughter and stumbled back. Sarah stood behind them, watching the interaction with an unwavering gaze.
"Yes, you were. I saw you," Sarah announced. "You were talking to Madi, and then Madi started frowning, and she yelled at you, and then you yelled at her, and then you grabbed her arm, and —"
"I'll be in the car! Hurry up, girls. We're already late." Julia bolted away, dodging wayward children. She didn't look back.
Madi threw her arms around Sarah, hugging her younger sister. Sarah tolerated it for the count of three, then began to squirm.
"Thanks for saving me," Madi said as she released her.
Sarah didn't smile. (She rarely did.) "Why is Mom mad at you?"
"Yes, she is."
"But I saw her, Madi." Sarah spoke with certainty. "You were talking, and then you started frowning, and —"
"I dunno, Sarah. Mom's just ..."
Madi's shoulders slumped. It wasn't in her heart to tell her sister the truth: Everything in their lives had just changed yet again, and Sarah would be the one to suffer for it. Instead, she forced a brave smile. "Mom was just ready to go. She asked me to get you, and I said no."
Her sister seemed to consider that for a moment, and Madi wondered if she'd now have to Explain why she'd refused to get her. Questions, with Sarah, continued until she was satisfied.
"Okay." Sarah looked up the street where their mother had disappeared. "So Mom's ready to go home?"
"Yeah. You ready to leave?"
"Uh-huh," she said, and looked back at the swing. "It was a good day."
Madi didn't answer. Couldn't. In seconds, Sarah was down the street, leaving her to follow. Madi glanced down at her phone, forgotten in her hand. In the last stressful minutes, a new post had appeared on her dashboard. Her throat ached as she read it.
With a sigh, Madi hit REBLOG.
This was the worst possible day in a long string of them, and her sister, Sarah, didn't know the half of it.CHAPTER 2
"I don't understand. All my life I've been waiting for someone, and when I find her, she's ... she's a fish."
The Nakama house was unnervingly quiet. The moment they'd walked inside, Madi's mother had stormed upstairs and slammed the bedroom door. Discussion over.
It made Madi want to scream.
She slumped at the kitchen table, phone in hand. The view of her father, sitting across from her, was partially blocked by the screen of his laptop and the long swath of black hair that hung limp in her eyes. Dad won't say anything, she thought irritably. He never does.
She spun her thumb and a series of messages rolled up the screen. Several tweets had been posted in the last few minutes. They echoed shock at Madi's solitary message, shouted to the universe at large:
@MadLib: The parental units have really done it this time. Why do they pull shit like this and LEAVE ME TO HANDLE THE FALLOUT?!? #WTF #ParentalFail
She smiled sadly as she read the replies.
@fandometric: @MadLib Saw your post. Anything I can do?
@ModernDayWitch: @MadLib Family emergencies are rough. Take a moment and breathe. (Or get a voodoo doll. ;) Sending good vibes.
@laurentabelard: @MadLib Just heading home. I'm only a text or Skype away. I can't fix it but I can listen.
Madi sighed and tapped in a quick reply to the group of online friends:
@MadLib: @fandometric @ModernDayWitch @laurentabelard Thanks for the replies. Things are going to get worse before better. #DNW
She belatedly added a second, personal reply to Lauren, wishing, as she so often did, that her online friends lived nearby. She needed someone to talk to tonight. Her chest felt like it was caught in a vise.
@MadLib: @laurentabelard I know. I might text you later.
She looked back up to find her father still typing. The silence of the house was as upsetting as the news. Madi had expected something — anything!
"I wish you'd told me before, Dad," Madi said.
He didn't look up or respond, though his mustache twitched.
"If you ask me," she added, "this whole thing's going to be just as hard as Sarah's first day of high school. There's going to be fallout from this."
Her father lifted his gaze from the screen for a fleeting second. "Then we'll manage." His eyes dropped. "Just like we always have."
Madi's phone buzzed and she read the notification.
@laurentabelard: @MadLib Msg me anytime. I'm up late. (Always.) You know I'm here for you.
Madi smiled at the sentiment. Lauren was a good friend.
From the far room, a musical swell of intergalactic proportions began.
"It's starting, Madi!" Sarah called.
Madi leaned sideways, balancing the wooden chair on two legs. "Just a sec! I'm talking to Dad."
His typing slowed. "Could you get your sister to keep it down? I have a bunch of articles to finish. Editor needs them by tomorrow morning."
"But we can't put off telling her. She deserves to —"
"These aren't going to write themselves," he interrupted. "And your mother and I are going to tell Sarah. We're just waiting for the right moment. We don't want to upset her unnecessarily."
Madi's phone buzzed again, but she ignored it. "Mom's leaving Saturday morning. If you ask me —"
"Friday night, actually."
"Then the sooner you tell Sarah, the better."
"It's not that simple, and you know that," he sighed.
"What I know is Mom's running off, and I'm stuck picking up the pieces."
"That's hardly fair."
"This is exactly what happened when she took the research grant."
Her father lifted his hands from the keyboard and steepled his fingers. He didn't quite make eye contact, just looked over Madi's shoulder. She hated when he did that. "That was two years ago," he said.
"And Sarah still freaks out when we drive by the airport." Madi leaned forward, trying unsuccessfully to catch his eyes. "You need to talk to Mom. She can't keep doing this. Every time it happens, it's harder to —"
"Madi!" Sarah shrieked. "The movie's on NOW!"
Charles shrank at the sound of his daughter's screams.
Madi craned sideways. "Just a second, Sarah! I'm about to —"
"But it's ON! The movie's starting! It's starting right NOW! Hurry, Madi! HURRY!" Her sister's words faded into sharp-pitched cries.
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I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This story about a teen blogger struggling to deal with an online troll is one that will likely be relatable to many, particularly those who use social media on a daily basis. There are texts, blog posts, tweets, and pictures interspersed with the text. I really liked the alternative format but it may not appeal to all readers. Internet Famous also dealt with some serious topics that I hadn’t expected to see. The main character was relatable and funny and the fandom focus appealed to the nerdy side of me. I loved that Madi wasn’t a perfect character. She occassionally struggled with her responsibilities and made mistakes throughout the book. It was really easy to connect with her because she felt like a real person. Plus it was nice to read about a main character who sometimes prefers interacting with people online instead of in real life. While I think it was unfair that her parents gave her so much responsibility in regards to Sarah, Madi mostly handled it in a mature manner. I did love that her parents truly went to bat for her when it mattered. The relationship between her and Laurent was as adorable as I thought it would be. I wish that there had been more scenes with them together in person but I understand why that didn’t make sense given the storyline. He was a little too perfect but given the genre, I hadn’t really expected anything else. I originally thought that this was going to be a light and fluffy read and so was very pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of Sarah, Madi’s special needs sister, and the portrayal of the effects of cyberbullying. I think the author realistically portrayed the struggles of a family with a special needs child while also writing Sarah as an understandable and likeable character. Some of the small moments between her and Madi were my favorites in the book, particularly toward the end. The cyberbullying was entirely believable and disturbing. The author did a great job of showing how it slowly chipped away at Madi’s life, going from an annoyance to affecting every aspect of her life. I’ll probably save this one and reread it on a day when I need a pick-me-up type of book because this one left me feeling happy and optimistic. Internet Famous was the perfect balance between lighter and heavier topics. It would be perfect for a summer or beach read. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book follows Madison who runs a well-known blog. Madison is a high schooler who is taking classes online while running her blog. Madison also has a sister who is autistic. Madison ends up running into a cyberbully who she wants to stop during the book. She has experienced a cyberbully before who pushed her away from blogging. First I love Madison as the main character. She has a lot of family issues going on, as well as her trying to figure out online life versus real life and where they can combine. Madison cares a lot about her sister Sarah and is always trying to help make her life easier, even if it directly affects her own life. I did like how the author made her family life challenging because it added to Madison as the character. I also felt the online outlet was how she was coping with her family life and made complete sense as a teenager. Laurent. I mean I think the name itself could have its own sentence! Laurent was exactly what I wanted as a male lead in the book. He knew what Madison needed and when she needed it. I felt like he was just a great counter to Madison. I loved how he helped her to open to the real world. I loved how the author had Laurent open up to us. It was amazing and swoon worthy! The story dealt with a few difficult topics of not only autism, but bullying. I think the author did a great job staying with the two difficult topics and making them come to life. Bullying is a major issue especially online and it was great that the author could explore this topic. The author does a great job keeping the story light with difficult topics. I think my one complaint was that some of the beginning I wanted to learn more about the relationship between Madison and her sister. I felt like we could have focused a little more on that because it was such a different relationship you often don’t read about. I would suggest this as a nighttime read. I found a few natural stopping points where I could put the book and still understand what was going on.
I won this in a GOODREADS giveaway -- Internet Famous by Danika Stone -- a pretty good Youth book! I actually enjoyed it!
This was such a fun book to read. It had a cute premise, and out you through a ride of emotions. The family background of the main character is tough and somewhat sad. She has a lot of pressures. But her blog is an outlet. And the whole issue of cyber bullying is so relevant today. The romance was cute and had a HEA. It's sad, and hopeful, and cute, and funny. It will definitely give you all the feels.
80s music, 80s movies, a blogger and friends taking on a bully - hot dang this book really had my number! There is so much that I loved about this book from the varied displays to incorporate social media, teens actually talking like teens, and characters having passion that run deeper than appearances and crushes. But, what really got me in the feels was Sarah. As I have brother on the spectrum it was lovely to see her character playing more than a token role for the inclusion credits. All round I think this is a fun, engaging story with just enough romance and mystery to make a perfect summer read.
This is a book absolutely designed for book bloggers. With a nerd culture blogger as the MC and lots of fandom references sprinkled throughout, this book is fun and so relatable! The sweet and fluffy romance makes this book a perfect summer read, but there are also some more serious themes about family, fame, and trust sprinkled throughout. Even though I didn't always find Madi to be a very likable main character, I do feel like Danika Stone did a great job showing the underlying motivations for some of her behaviors. Overall, this really is a fun read that makes you wonder if you could handle being internet famous too.
Rating: 4/5 Penguins Quick Reasons: some heavy, mature topics handled with sensitivity and poise; a deep glimpse into internet "fame"--and the ways it touches everyone; endearing, well-rounded characters; just a bit of "love at first sight", but I'm willing to overlook it; really loved that the "bully" wasn't at all who I thought it would be Let me start by saying: I ADOOOOORED SARAH! I felt she was so super well-written, and tactfully complex. I really, really loved seeing this character in a read like this! While she's not the main character and this isn't HER story, she's so integral to the events and the journey, I feel this might have been a different read without her in it. I am so stoked that Danika Stone wrote her, and wrote her so gorgeously--HUGE penguin flappers to her! There are so many important and true to life messages found within this book, though the biggest remains internet bullying. I feel that Danika Stone set out with a goal in mind--and managed to reach that goal while still retaining the poise and tact surrounding sensitive subjects that I've come to expect in my favorite reads. There are a LOT of things said in this book, penguins--and the fact that the "bully" wasn't, in the end, who I was expecting--like, at all!--only helped to emphasize some of the biggest messages. I was especially impressed in how Danika Stone brought home "trolling"--and the ways it touches everybody, not just the victim. I was, honestly, just a little disappointed in a few of the relationships. The mom, I felt, was severely lacking in several ways--while I understand that situations like this DO happen, and that even parents have the right to follow their dreams...her interactions with her family felt very fake and surface-only. I didn't feel as if she was really putting HER best foot forward with them, I suppose--even while she expected them to do just that for her. It felt a bit fake, overall, and I'm not real sure why she was even included except to 1.) complicate the family dynamic; and 2.) give a boiling point to Sarah's struggles, which then lead to Madi's struggles. I guess what I'm saying is, she was a catalyst--and while I know this happens in real life, I wasn't real impressed with it here. In the end, though, this was a super entertaining, cutesy, snarky read--and I adored it! I really really loved the inclusion of Sarah, and the other characters (save the mom) were genuine and well-rounded. While a few of the relationships felt a bit flat and contrived, I had a ton of fun following Madi and the various characters on their journey, and cannot WAIT to see what Danika Stone will do next! I definitely recommend this to lovers of contemporary fiction, catalyst characters, and realistically dropped #truthbombs. Watch your #hashtags, Penguins-- #fandom is on the loose in this read!
Pre-reading Thoughts: This book sounds super relatable, in a few places. I am really excited to read this book. I remember voting for this cover and when Xpresso Blog Tours said that they are hosting a tour for this book, I knew I had to jump on this band wagon. I am ready to jump into this book and see how much I can find relatable and how much I find not to be so accessible as I thought it would be. Who's ready for this book? Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for sending me a copy of this book to review for its blog tour. Please note that in no way has receiving this book affected my opinions. All thoughts are my own. Writing Thoughts: This book was super easy to read and I have to be honest and say that I believe that thanks should be given to the multimedia format. I didn't connect to the author's writing. There were some moments where I could visualize what was happening in the book but those moments were far and few between. Plot Thoughts: The plot was good for the most part. But for some of it, I thought that it fell sort of flat and too intangible. There were however a lot of accessible moments for me! I thought it was quite interesting to see how Madi handled the troll. However at the end of the day, I enjoyed the story and thought it was cute. Character Thoughts: I couldn't connect with the characters. To me they felt flat and only had moments where they had more dimension. I had no idea what made Madi, Madi. Instead I knew who she was, what she does and who her family was. But what where interest besides blogging? How did her room look? Did she have a big bed or was her favourite color orange. There was a huge lack of personal background in my opinion. Final Thoughts: Overall, I thought that this story was cute. Yes it had flaws but I definitely think that this is one of those really nice contemporaries that get you in the mood for the rest of summer. Would I read it again, mmm... Maybe. Would I recommend this to people, well for those who like any and all contemporaries, definitely! Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for sending me this book!
Internet Famous was pretty cute and fluffy. Since, I haven’t read anything by the author I didn’t really know what to expect. It was written in the third person POV and that is a problem with me in other books. I *dislike* reading books in third person because it tends to get me distracted. But, while I was reading Internet Famous, I didn’t notice it! I was flying by the pages and I just noticed that it was written in third person when I stopped reading to get my feels together! I was already halfway across the book when I found out. I was really impressed! Basically this book is about the life of a teen blogger with a huge following. She met online friends who later became her real-life friends. But of course, when you have a huge following you can’t really escape the trolls. Madi founds herself being harassed by this internet troll online and it is also capable of ruining her life offline. Even though this book may seem like a light and fluffy read-it also discusses serious topics. Cyberbullying is one of them. It is important that we learn how to deal with internet trolls when it gets serious. Throughout the book you would see text messages, pictures, Snapseds (which is similar to Snapchat), Tumblr posts, and coffee, this made the book more entertaining for me. And this is probably the reason why I also bought the paperback. lol. I also loved how this book showed that even though you only met online. Friends are friends. And, friends got your back no matter what. Whether in real life or online. This book showed more than awareness. I liked the concept and the book made me swoon. Even though the romance part was kind of an insta-love relationship, I still enjoyed it. And I would really recommend it to someone who would want to read something fluffy but also significant.
Danika Stone has created a fandom filled world with all the best elements. This doesn't mean she's ignored the parts of the internet that cause us grief or disappointment. Maxi is well rounded with real world issues outside of her virtual 'life'. It's these issues that drive her just as much as her love of fandom culture. We first meet Madi dealing with the parts of her life she can't control, her mother leaving to work in Oxford for 6 weeks. This eventually leads her to agreeing to meet some of her fans IRL. Madi shows that despite being sacred she has something to contribute in the real world. This opportunity also allows her the chance to make an online friendship work. Stone's ability to make Madi a real girl and give her a happy ending was a joy to read.
Now when I first heard about this last year, I thought it sounded great! It’s about a blogger named Madi, living in New Jersey and a foreign exchange student named Laurent, who lives in New York. These two meet through the comments section of Madi’s blog, MadLibs, and start to build a connection that has the potential to be something more. Meanwhile, Madi’s also facing adversity in the form of troll who is not in the mood to be ignored. Anyways, you know when you hype up a book in your mind and once you finally read it, it doesn’t deliver in the way you expected it would? Well, this book… did no such thing! While the beginning might have been a bit slow for me, by the time I read a few chapters, I was hooked! I loved all the extra stuff, like the blog posts (made me want to participate in the Comments Section of MadLibs), tumblr and snapsed (the book’s equivalent of Snapchat) pictures! The sad thing was that I really wanted to follow MadLibs after reading this book. Too bad it isn’t real… but who knows, maybe there’ll be a site up for Madi soon like there is for Liv and Xander from All the Feels, Danika Stone’s previous YA novel! Hopefully! I was also on the edge of my seat as I was trying to figure out who the troll could be! Honestly, I suspected everyone until near the very end; that’s when it became clear. But it wasn’t obvious to me before and I liked the author could hide that info so well! In real life, I wouldn’t like it as much. I’m just thankful that the community in a part of is so supportive and friendly! Thanks, everyone! You all are rockstars! Another cool thing about this book is that it’s set in the same world as All the Feels, and you see these references to Starveil, Spartan and those amazing fanfics from that novel! And while those mentions were nice, it kind of made it hard for me to like the new set of characters at first, because I kept on comparing them to characters from All the Feels. For instance, at first I thought that Laurent is no Xander, but by the end of the book, I was thinking,”Well, Xander sure is no Laurent!” And while Madi and Liv share a few similarities, I find Madi to be more assertive than Liv, and I love the strong relationship she has with her sister, Sarah. Overall, once I got past seeing the characters through an All the Feels lens, I was championing them like nobody’s business! Well, that’s all I have to say about Internet Famous by Danika Stone! I really thought this novel was something! I recommend this to anyone looking for a cute contemporary with a modern romance as well as any fans of All the Feels!
Talk. About. Relevant. So, as a blogger, I feel like I had a particular connection to this book and some of the things Madi dealt with both as a blogger and internet presence. When I first finished Internet Famous I remember thinking that fame is truly bittersweet. We, the ones integrated into the online community of our various fandoms and industries, have this chance to become more than just a blog post or Twitter handle. It's not only exhilarating but also terrifying putting yourself out there and from that perspective, I couldn't have related to Madi more. But this book isn't just about her blog's success. Madi deals with boy troubles, family drama, and caring for her sister who is on the autism spectrum. On that last note, I wanted to say that I wanted to like how their relationship was represented. I think Sarah's character growth was beautiful and amazing, but the way that Madi acted in some situations contradicted how she described living with Sarah and the need to stay on a schedule. I loved Sarah's character and was so happy she played such a large role in this book. As for the family drama, I really hated Madi's mom. She was selfish and never got called out on it by anyone but Madi, and maybe that's the lens we're supposed to read through because this is Madi's story but I found it hard to believe that her dad would just let her mom keep leaving like that and the way they handled telling Sarah wasn't great. Then there's the romance. Okay, so this book is pretty fluffy. The romance between Madi and one of her fans kind of freaked me out a little bit. Probably a personal thing but I find the idea of meeting a bunch of random strangers, one of which you start dating pretty directly after, shocked me a bit. Then again, I'm not a people person so my reading experience took it in a different direction than likely intended. Also, Laurent felt like a dream. Too perfect. Everything he said or did was super swoon-worthy to the point of being TOO swoony. But I did enjoy the book. I liked that it talked about cyberbullying and took the plot through how it can start from nothing and turn into something horribly toxic. Which probably sounds weird that I liked that, but I mean in the way that it was all handled. The troll didn't win the day. And yet I come back to Madi and I have to say that I don't know if I really liked her. I thought the way the author told the story through both regular prose but also private messages and media postings was really interesting and gave the book a different life than it would have had with just the plain text. But Madi's character was a bit over the top. Every reaction is leading to an explosion which pushed the plot forward and I wonder if there would have been a story if she hadn't done certain things (*casually avoiding spoilers*). So... I enjoyed Internet Famous. It was light and fluffy and fun, but it wasn't super great. I'd definitely read more by this author, though, and look forward to what she has in store for us next!
Madi Nakama is still a senior in high school, but she's already Internet famous, thanks to her blog about popular culture. When family problems cause her to turn to her online friends for support, her Internet life intersects with her real life, and Madi discovers just how famous she really is. But fame comes at a price. An anonymous fan becomes a troll, harassing her first in private and then in public. As the attacks escalate, Madi begins to suspect everyone around her. Who is the troll? Will Madi's new friendships survive her increasing paranoia? Will she emerge with her online (and offline) reputation intact? Each chapter begins with a fitting 1980s movie quote. The narrative is interwoven with emails, Tumblr posts and messages, tweets, Snaps, texts (complete with graphics and emojis), and Skype sessions. Part romance, part family drama, part mystery, part suspense/thriller, Internet Famous is modern and fresh, with a bit of nostalgia thrown in for us older readers. I especially enjoyed the 1980s movie references. The only movie I haven't seen yet is Say Anything; it's definitely one I'll have to "rewatch". Warnings: coarse language. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (8 June): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/06/internet-famous-by-danika-stone.html
I am total a fan of Stone's last book, All the Feels. It was such a fun story with a cute romance, and Stone has done it again with Internet Famous. There were so many things to love about this charming story. Madi and Laurent I was a Madi fan. How do you not love a girl, who was driven out of an online community by a ruthless troll, and then turned her expulsion into clickty-click cash? I know I couldn't help but admire how Madi made lemons out of lemonade, created a warm and welcoming online community, and became a sort of internet celebrity. I found Madi to be very sweet, a good sister, and a good daughter. Laurent was so sweet and charming. He was bursting with enthusiasm and wore his heart on his sleeve. Both he and Madi had all these adorable quirks that made my love for them grow more and more with each page. Madi's Blog: MadLibs I as a teen in the 80s, so when MadLibs did an 80s movie re-watch marathon, I was whole heartedly onboard. I had so much fun being a part of this blog from the live tweets to the MadLibber meet ups, this was a fun fandom to be part of. The Mixed Format This book integrates so many life-on-line elements, and they just added to the fun. There were texts, blog posts, emails, and even Snapchat like posts. I thought Stone utilized these elements quite well. She even took us on a virtual date, which was absolutely adorable. The Romance Madi and Laurent were so cute together. Laurent was such suave geek! I felt like he really put himself out there. He was sweet, adoring, endearing, supportive, and a phenomenal book boyfriend. So. Many. Swoons. My overall feelings for Internet Famous were overwhelmingly positive. I adored the exploration of first love and family dynamics, as well as the good and bad sides internet fame. I think there may have actually been some tears of joy with that awesome conclusion. In the end, this book left me with a happy heart and huge smile on my face.
3.5 stars Internet famous is the story of Madi, a girl that has a popular blog called MadLibs, that is finding her first love, dealing with internet trolls, trying to figure out what she wants to do with her future, and dealing the complications that come with the care of her sister. MadLibs is her blog where she shares her opinions on rewatches of different films. Madi has a very large fan base but likes to keep to herself. She takes classes online, and helps take care of her younger sister, Sarah, who is on the spectrum. Sarah has a hard time if things don't go by a set schedule, so that tend to keeps Madi from living her life. This story touches on the issue of cyberbullying, which I think is really important. Madi has to deal with a internet "troll" writing cruel things on her blog, and also sending her hateful messages. Things with the troll escalate and we are left wondering who the troll could be. If I'm being honest, I had a pretty good feeling I knew who it was from the very beginning, so I ended up not being too surprised. I just loved that the author tackled this subject since it is a huge obstacle with teens right now in the age of computers. (Wow, I feel like I just aged myself with that sentence. lol!) There were a lot of things that I really enjoyed about the story. I really loved the way the author showed the text message images and pictures that Madi and Laurent exchanged. It was such a fun way to break up the text and show their conversations. I loved getting to read their flirty texts back and forth. I also really loved Madi and Sarah's close relationship. I thought the way the author wrote about Sarah was really realistic. She needed things to be in a certain routine, but she didn't let anything hold her back either. She was very intelligent and thoughtful. There were also a few things that I didn't love quite as much. When we learned that Madi's mom was leaving the family to further her career, and didn't take into account anyone else's feelings OR how it was going to effect her daughter that relies on routines; I thought we would see the father or someone confront her about her selfishness but she was never called out on her behavior. That really bothered me. She came off as very cold and unfeeling. She pushed all of her parental responsibilities on Madi, and so did the father to a point. That drove me crazy. I have to say that I did LOVE the change in the father as the story progressed tho. At the start of the story he just seems withdrawn and oblivious, but he really won me over by the end. *I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. "
I signed up for the Sunday Street Team for Danika’s last YA book, so I had to sign up for this one. As I stated in my review of her last book, I’m a huge believer in fandoms. And while this book was less fandom-y, I still really enjoyed it. I received a copy from Netgalley to review, and ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. One thing I should mention off the bat is the kinship I felt with Madi. I have a hard time interacting with people outside of the internet as well, at least initially. I am very introverted and I don’t open up until I really know someone. So yay for a main character I can relate to. And let me just say that I fully appreciated Laurent and his French self. *drools* Such a fine specimen of YA/NA male goodness. He’s going on my book boyfriend list. Before I go any further into what I loved about Laurent, and some other characters, let me just say that I really disliked Madi’s mother, and an authority figure who I’ll refer to as She Who Must Not Be Named. The authority figure was kind of an evil witch, and Madi’s mother needed to get her head out of her butt in my opinion. Gross image, but so true. I’m kind of glad she was MIA throughout most of the book. #sorrynotsorry Madi’s sister, Sarah, was a great secondary character. I loved how Madi interacted with her most of the time, and how they helped one another (mostly Madi helping Sarah, but Sarah came through for Madi in her time of need against the troll). Speaking of the troll, I pretty much knew who it was from the moment they started trolling. Not sure if everyone else who read this is in the same boat, or if I’m just a great guesser. I’m curious to know. So the big reveal was more of an affirmation of my suspicions. I always want to be surprised by books, and it rarely happens. Okay, so lets talk about Laurent. He’s gorgeous, geeky, artistic, and speaks French at random times. I had to translate like a quarter of what he said, but seriously, I want someone to speak French to me all day, every day. He’s beyond perfect, the whole package. The flirtation between Madi and Laurent is half the reason why I couldn’t put the book down. There were some serious sparks between these two. And to kind of get off topic, but not really, I liked how Madi’s dad encouraged her to be with Laurent. He knew that Laurent made Madi happy, and he wanted her to have something that kept a smile on her face. Yay Madi’s dad! His parenting (later in the book) made up for her disaster of a mom. I didn’t keep track of any lines, because the ones I wanted to save were mostly French…and kind of gave things away. Just read the book so you can swoon over Laurent too! Final note: Another great book from Danika. Also, in case anyone is confused by the YA/NA tags, I think the subject matter is within the YA category. But with Madi being 18, and Laurent being in college, they’re NA aged. I can’t wait to see what Danika comes up with next. P.S. The ending of this book is seriously swoony.